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South American Healthcare

I have been terrible about keeping this blog updated, but I have had some great adventures. I’m not going to write about any of them right now, though, because I almost died last Monday. That is a bit melodramatic, and … Continue reading

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Viva Chile, Mierda

It has been too long since my last post, but I hope that I have some good stories to make up for it. Saturday, September 18, was Chile’s bicentennial, and we had an entire week off classes. My friend Simon … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life

Breakfast is a small meal, usually only a coffee and a roll with butter, cheese, jam, or manjar (a.k.a., “dulce de leche,” or caramel cream), depending on the day. After breakfast, I take a micro (bus) to the university, because … Continue reading

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Arrival in Val-lluvia

I finally arrived in Valdivia, Chile, after 22 hours of flying, 12 hours of sitting at the bus station in Santiago with a friend I met on Facebook beforehand, and an 11-hour bus ride. Valdivia is a compact city of … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Thin Country and a Tall Gringo

Today, I have been in Chile for three weeks. Before my trip, I read four books on Chilean culture, the country’s fascinating history, and their formidable collection of chilenismos—slang particular to the country and often indecipherable even to other Spanish … Continue reading

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